Trace Decay – “Paradigm”


A moody new track from Australian artist Trace Decay, showing a darkly consuming rock sound, “Paradigm” makes a strong impression. The “in this wicked paradigm,” vocal refrain exudes a convincing post-punk moodiness, complemented by murky guitar tones and brassy enveloping.

“Did you have a good time?” the vocals ask amidst the haunting guitar jangles — tonally reminiscent of King Krule and Psychedelic Furs, the latter comparison especially present upon the brassy warmness in the second half. “Nothing ever changes,” the vocals sigh in the closing refrain. “Paradigm” succeeds in its memorably dark soundscape and melodic pull.

The project’s leader, Jordan Depas, says of the track: “It’s my own self constructed paradigm which in its existence offers a form of peace and acceptance.”

He continues:

“A love letter to going on a much needed bender, ‘Paradigm’ was born from the experience of going out and blowing off steam after a period of severe isolation during Melbourne lockdowns, using decadent guitar layers, haunting synth elements and somber yet commanding vocals to capture the bittersweet essence of throwing caution to the wind.”

This track and others featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of June 2022’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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